No pay parity among guest lecturers in varsities


Minimum monthly salary varies from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 19,000, show data

The uniform pay scale for guest lecturers working in State universities has remained a mirage since long.

A data collected from the Department of Higher Education shows that there is no pay parity among guest lecturers in different universities. The minimum monthly salary of a guest lecturer varies from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 19,000. While it is as high as Rs. 19,500 in the Dr. Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University, Mysuru, it is as low as Rs. 6,000 in Gulbarga University. Moreover, except Davangere, Karnatak, Samskrut and Mysuru universities, no other university has provided PF and ESI facilities. But the guest lecturers share similar workload, if not more than regularised teachers.

A senior academician said that earlier, guest lecturers used to get a consolidated pay fixed at Rs. 10 less than the basic pay fixed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Going by this parameter, every guest lecturer should get a minimum consolidated pay of Rs. 30,000 a month. But later, this system was discontinued. The issue was also discussed at the Karnataka Higher Education Council’s meeting. But nothing has materialised yet, he said.

Principal Secretary of the Department of Higher Education Bharat Lal Meena said it was for the universities to decide the salaries of guest lecturers. It is not possible to have a common pay scale as the expenses in different cities vary. Moreover, it may lead to financial burden on varsities. There is no proposal before the government to introduce a uniform pay scale for guest lecturers, he said.

Interestingly, his statement contradicts from that of former Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande, who had said on the floor of the Assembly that the government was contemplating certain steps to set right disparities in the salaries of guest lecturers.

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